13. Sterling 825
Nobody could blame you if you don’t know what the Sterling 825 is. Once marketed as the next big thing in the American luxury segment, Sterling is now a forgotten brand. Sterling had an exciting story. It was a British company established in the late ’80s with Honda’s capital and Rover’s design. Honda owned Rover and wanted to enter the American market with a luxury model back then. So they conceived the Sterling, a luxury car based on the Acura Legend (via Motor Trend).
The finished product had a nicely designed interior and had decent power from Honda’s V6 engine. After the introduction in 1987 and good sales numbers in the first few months, problems showed up. Sterlings were poorly put together. The electronics were troublesome and some cars even developed rust issues. Honda tried to improve the production process, but there wasn’t much they could do. By the early ’90s, Sterling was gone.